Actor Thomas Hayden Church was interviewed by About.com, and he said that some of the filming didn’t go the way he expected. “Despite all of the airs and graces of this being a hugely successful franchise and action movie and superhero movie,” Church said, “Sam is ultimately a brilliant actor’s director … He’s very specific and he pushes really hard, but it’s very rewarding. I shot a scene in January that was a very emotional scene in the movie for my character. And I didn’t understand … we shot all the other coverage all day long, and I was actually starting to get kind of frustrated. I could feel it. I was starting to get a little irritable. And as they day progressed we broke for lunch and we hadn’t gotten any coverage on my side. I was like, ‘Well this is bulls**t man. I’m like working my a** off over here and Sam doesn’t seem to be in too big of a hurry.’ We continued building and building, and then we came back from lunch and we kept building and building. There was a lot of coverage, there was a lot of lighting changes because there’s a whole kind of thing where a window blows out and a storm blows in and there’s all these effects that had to be captured on camera. And I really felt myself becoming more and more physically aggressive. I kind of snapped at a couple of people — and I apologized. I felt myself becoming more emotionally aggressive. He then set two cameras on me and we went for a rehearsal. I slammed the stunt guy; I grabbed him and I slammed him really hard into the wall. Sam came over and goes, ‘You’re ready for your close-up.’ He knew exactly what he was doing. That just gave me goosebumps. … He knew I was right there and that’s exactly how I had to be in the scene, which was, you know, super aggressive — almost homicidally aggressive … he shot the close-up first and then he started backing the camera out and shooting the rest of the coverage. And really, I went up to him when we wrapped and I hugged him. I was like, ‘Wow, you taught me so much today that I really thought I knew, and I didn’t know.'”
Meanwhile, the Daily News notes that “Crossing Jordan” actor Steve Valentine “is making a busman’s holiday of this hiatus period — he’s reporting to the ‘Spider-Man 3’ set to play a fashion photographer in the third Spidey flick to star Tobey Maguire. He wouldn’t have missed it: ‘As a kid, I was a Spider-Man junkie.'”
Finally, Sneak Peek claims to have spoiled the surprise and know who all three (not two) villains are for the film.
30 DAYS OF NIGHT
According to Comingsoon.net, the Steve Niles adaptation will hit theaters on October 19, 2007, helmed by David Slade (“Hard Candy”).
FANTASTIC FOUR 2
Jessica Alba talked to MTV about moving on past Victor von Doom. “Dr. Doom is dead, and ‘Fantastic Four’ invisible woman Jessica Alba is now looking forward to vanquishing a villain whose identity she’s prohibited from revealing. What Alba is allowed to reveal about 2007’s ‘F4’ sequel, which begins filming soon, should nevertheless raise a few geeky eyebrows. ‘We’re making the right changes,’ Alba said, responding to detractors of the first flick. ‘It’s gonna be an amped-up version, this next one. It’s gonna be faster, and it’s gonna be a more intense story line that kind of references the comic a bit more.’ All the major stars from the first film are set to return and, Alba said, the heroes might finally get their famously pimped-out flying vehicle from the comics. ‘Maybe [we’ll have] the Fantastic Car,’ the actress said, ‘which I’m excited about.'”
However, producer Ralph Williams told Comics Continuum that the script’s not done and that for a certainty the old gang — including Julian McMahon as Dr. Doom — would be calling it a comeback.
Speaking of Comics Continuum, they note that the last two episodes of the series will run on Cartoon Network May 6th and 13th. The network description of the episodes says, “In the series conclusion of Justice League Unlimited, the powerful force behind the world’s villains is revealed as an army of bad guys is formed. The biggest face-off yet between good and evil causes a relentless fighting match that takes place on both Earth and in space. This time around, Superman and the others must enlist all the help they can get to save the world, even if it means making one of the most unexpected team-ups in Justice League history.”
Hugh Jackman is quoted by IGN’s FilmForce as taking on all the big names in this mutant minded movie, with some mid-level spoilers on what will happen.
Our friends at Kryptonsite have new photos from the April 20th episode, “Mercy.”
There’s a new behind the scenes photo of a wire-bound, costumed Brandon Routh over at the Superman Homepage.
BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN
Finally, Freeze Dried Movies has the alleged plot for the stillborn Wolfgang Peterson project.
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